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Number of people seeking LGBT help on the rise

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first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Print Facebook NewsHealthLimerickVideoNumber of people seeking LGBT help on the riseBy Editor – October 16, 2018 1518 THE number of people seeking LGBT support from the Gender Orientation and Sexual Health (GOSHH) service in Limerick has increased by more than 100 per cent since 2014.Since the 2014 marriage referendum, the number of LGBT people availing of the service has increased from 40 to 86 people annually.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The service, which is based on Davis Street in the city centre, caters for a wide number of people from various backgrounds who have to deal with societal judgement on a daily basis.GOSHH LGBTI Project Support Worker Patrick McElligott said that the stigma and assumptions surrounding the community still persist and are a very real issue.“In Ireland, everyone is protected in the eyes of the law. There is, however, a very large difference between the words in the law and the experience of a person in their society,” Mr McElligott said.He said that there is still an assumption that if someone is homosexual that then they are less of man or a woman.“There is a message that there may not be space for a man to be emotional and with women, there is a treatment that if they are a lesbian then they are a different kind of woman, a less emotional woman,” he explained.The total number of people looking for support from GOSHH has risen from 175 in 2015 to 204 in 2017. The organisation has supported 177 people so far in 2018. The figures show a rise in the number of LGBT clients and a fall in the client load in other departments.Mr McElligott attributed the increase in the number of people willing to get help to the fact that “there is now a space to reach out”.He also believes that the process of educating society on LGBTI issues is a slow process.“Sometimes I wish that we could flick a switch and this would be okay. It would be really nice in five years if we could move closer to that place of acceptance,” he said.The organisation also works with client families.They attempt to build self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence, while with the families it is about giving them space to ‘come out’ with the person.“We all know what it is like to come out. Everyone has to come out whether it is about your first boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, pregnancy – in any situation where you feel anxiety about telling someone something,” Mr McElligott said.GOSHH ran multiple workshops and seminars during Limerick mental health week and they can be contacted on (061) 314 354. Linkedin TAGSGOSHHLGBTlgbt issueslimerickMental Healthmental health week Previous articleEarls and Mathewson doubts for Gloucester visitNext articleWatch: Samaritans outreach programme gets a boost Editor center_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Pembroke internship auction “insult”

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first_imgPembroke students have voiced their dismay after the college hosted a ‘silent auction’ run by Abingdon School, a leading independent school, which included the auctioning of internships. One Pembroke second-year student branded the auction “disgusting”.The auction, which took place at the end of Trinity term, included lots which offered placements at The Berkeley Group and Cancer Research Technology. The practice has come under fire in recent weeks after MPs released an open letter to Westminster School, which conducted a similar auction, calling the practice “explicitly favouring privilege”. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, an alumnus of Westminster, was also vocal in condemning his alma mater.Felicity Lusk, Headmistress of Abingdon School, responded to these claims by saying, “The silent auction was organised by the Abingdon School Parents’ Association in order to raise funds for the School.  As with any school we are very grateful to all the people – individuals, parents and former pupils – who support the School.  We are very appreciative of any company or organisation who offers work experience opportunities.  The internships offered in the silent auction are open to whoever the person who bid for them chooses – they may or may not be a pupil at Abingdon School.  Abingdon School very much values being part of the local community working alongside other schools, most recently in providing science, music and and language teaching, to further education for all children.”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%7904%%[/mm-hide-text]Despite this, David Messling, the OUSU Vice-President for Access and Academic Affairs at the time of the auction, responded by stating that, “The selling of internships flies in the face of any professed concern for social mobility. It is a practice so backward and obnoxious that by any modern standards of equality of opportunity it belongs in the middle ages. On behalf of students, we hope that the University and colleges are not permitting any such auctions to take place in Oxford. They are an insult to all the excellent work colleges, including Pembroke, are doing to make Oxford open to all.” Pembroke’s JCR President Becky Howe told Cherwell that she found it “bizarre that internships – which are usually offered to students who have displayed their merit – can be awarded as prizes in an auction.” Will Brown, a Pembroke History and Economics student and Chair of the Living Wage Campaign, condemned the actions, stating that “flogging off internships to the highest bidder is an affront to the basic principles of meritocracy and fairness and I’d hope that such an ugly form of elitism would have no place at Pembroke. The college should be doing more to ensure that no student is excluded from internship opportunities by their financial circumstances, rather than helping to further entrench inequalities of opportunity.” Pembroke College was unavailable for comment.last_img read more

Sugar survey: bakers, give us your views on tax

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first_imgThere has been a mixed reaction to plans announced this week to introduce a sugar tax and reduce added sugars by 40% by 2020. But what do you think?Campaign group, Action on Sugar held a meeting with Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for health, to combat the growing obesity crisis by launching a seven-step plan.British Sugar, leading supplier of sugar to the UK has called the plans ‘misleading’, and say that it is wrong to target just one thing. They also said that calls for reformulation of products were not always practical.On the other hand, nutritionists have supported plans, and think that they are a good way to tackle the issue of obesity.  We want to know what the bakers think. Have your say about the plans in our British Baker survey below.Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool.This survey has now closedIn the wake of the plans, people took to twitter to voice their opinions about sugar tax. [<a href=”//storify.com/BritishBaker/twitter-s-reactions-to-the-proposed-sugar-tax” target=”_blank”>View the story “Twitter’s reactions to the proposed Sugar Tax” on Storify</a>]last_img read more

Thailand Open: PV Sindhu sails into semis after defeating Soniia Cheah

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first_imgIndian badminton star PV Sindhu reached the women’s singles semifinals on Friday after knocking out Malaysia’s Soniia Cheah in straight games at the USD 350,000 Thailand Open World Tour Super 500 tournament.The second-seeded shuttler continued her consistent performance with a 21-17 21-13 win over world no 35 Soniia in a 36-minute clash.The world no 3 Indian will next face Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung.The drift in the hall created troubles for both the shuttlers who struggled with the length of their strokes. Sindhu was erratic initially and the result was Soniia led 11-7 at the first interval.After the break, Sindhu slowly started dominating the proceedings and reeled off five points to lead 13-12.The Indian started putting pressure on the Malaysian with her attacking game and grabbed four game points when Soniia hit long. The Malaysian saved one game point before Sindhu sealed the first game with a smash.After the change of sides, Sindhu moved to a 6-3 lead but Soniia came back to level at 8-8 after the Indian committed a few unforced errors.Sindhu managed to grab a 11-9 lead at the interval before taking nine straight points to zoom to surge ahead. Soniia managed to stay alive by saving three match points before Sindhu sealed the issue with a stunning smash.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more